Falling off the grid until Nov. 6? Can it be done?
As the late George Steinbrenner would say while in the throes of a New York Yankees losing streak, “Enough is enough!”
The 2012 presidential election has officially worn on me to the point where:
1. Hearing Barack Obama’s snake-oily slathered voice makes me cringe;
2. Watching Mitt Romney’s empty campaign makes me click off the television in disgust;
3. I realize the mainstream media is beyond redemption and cannot be trusted when it so blatantly advances the White House’s preferred narrative of the day;
4. I know public opinion polls that oversample Democrats are not meant to reflect opinion but shape it to discourage Republican turnout.
I choose to inflict this agony on myself because I actively listen to talk radio, get news from various mainstream and conservative news and opinion outlets, and view social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
I cannot wait to vote on Nov. 6, but until then, I’m going to attempt what I feel is almost impossible: ignoring it all. No more talk radio. No visiting The New York Times, Drudge Report, or National Review. No more watching cable and television news. I’ve already removed Facebook and Twitter from my Droid. I’ll have the remote handy so I can quickly mute or switch channels that will pump a neverending stream of political commercials my way.
This process began for me on Sept. 18 and hopefully will end on Nov. 6. During that time perhaps Barack Obama will make a gaffe that not even the media can try to excuse. Maybe Mitt Romney will actually present details pertaining to how he’ll lower debt and the deficit, reform the tax code, and create jobs.
I’m sure I’ll hear about Israel attacking Iran, if it happens. And I’ll read up on it if it does. My goal here is not to ignore news that could shape my life and that of my family’s, but to avoid the nonsense that either aggravates a person or builds up his or her hopes.
Election Day cannot come soon enough. It’s less than 50 days away. My reality until then will not revolve around what Charles Krauthammer has to say on the Panel, or what the intelligentsia at the Weekly Standard has to say about Romney’s discombobulated campaign. My reality will involve finding a second job so I can better support my family, playing with my 1-year-old son and enjoying every moment of it – putting aside the fact that his future likely hinges on the direction the country takes as a result of the 2012 elections.
Every man has his breaking point. Mine came on my 37th birthday (which happens to be my son’s first). My country is important to me, as is my family. I hope to do more for both